France and the information society: a warning and a necessary crusade
The advent of the information society is a revolution probably more important than that of the industrial society. Radical changes - such as the accelerated globalisation of the economy, the destruction of existing structures and jobs, the questioning of the established hierarchies, the collision of cultures and the leadership of some of them, together with universal access to knowledge and the creation of new skills, new wealth and new jobs - have begun and are intensifying. There will be both winners and losers. Fifteen years ago, France was in the leading group. We are now falling behind and the gap is rapidly widening. However we still possess advantages and skills. We must all respond, otherwise decline is assured in terms of a fragile economy, increased unemployment, and cultural subordination. The public authorities must set the example by embarking on reforms, adapting and beginning the necessary crusade. After all, politics is primarily a matter of determination, both forward-looking and tenacious.
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Information society
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Office Parlementaire dĀ“Evaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Technologiques of the French Parliament (OPECST)